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Resolving the Bougainville Self-determination Dispute: Autonomy or Complex Power-sharing?

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This chapter examines the origins, main features and implementation of the power-sharing arrangements in the Bougainville case, with particular emphasis on main features and implementation of the 2001 Agreement. It compares the agreements of 1976 and 2001 and the conflicts that produced them provide insights into both the reasons why the two agreements were necessary, and the significant differences between these two sets of power-sharing arrangements. The central issues examined include: the geographical, political and economic factors that contribute to the focus on territorial autonomy as the central aspect of power-sharing arrangements in 1976, and a key aspect in 2001; whether the ending of the self-determination dispute in 2001 would have been possible through other strategies - for example, some form of assimilation, or arrangements for separation; whether the resolution of the conflict would have been possible without international involvement in both the process that produced the 2001 agreement and its implementation.

Keywords: 2001 agreement; Bougainville case; power-sharing arrangements; self-determination dispute; territorial autonomy



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